Victim’s name identified in deadly shooting

Man in custody in connection with homicide
Man in custody in connection with homicide(Pomeroy Police Department)
Published: Sep. 30, 2022 at 10:03 PM EDT
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POMEROY, Ohio (WSAZ)- POMEROY, Ohio. (WSAZ)- The Pomeroy Police Department has identified the victim in a deadly shooting.

Officers say Dwayne Qualls died from a gunshot.

The shooting happened Friday evening in the 100 block of Spring Avenue around 6:30 p.m.

Investigators arrested Wayne Leib in connection with the death of Qualls on Friday evening.

The incident remains under investigation by the Pomeroy Police Department with assistance from the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office and BCI.


POMEROY, Ohio (WSAZ) - A man from Meigs County is in custody in connection with a deadly shooting that happened Friday evening in Pomeroy, according to the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office.

Wayne “J.R.” Leib, 40, had been wanted earlier in the evening.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the shooting happened around 6:30 p.m. along Spring Avenue in Pomeroy. One person died in the incident.

Scene of deadly shooting in Pomeroy, Ohio
Scene of deadly shooting in Pomeroy, Ohio(WSAZ/Willard Ferguson)

Investigators say Leib was caught just after 9:30 p.m. after being on the run. He was believed to be armed and dangerous then.

Investigators with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) are on the scene processing evidence. Officers with the Pomeroy Police Department are also investigating.

Sheriff Keith Wood said investigators believe the shooting was planned -- and not a random incident. He said residents are no longer in danger with a suspect in custody.

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